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The interdepartmental experimental research exercise in the Arctic combines not only the practical part, but also a rich business program. As part of the exercise, plenary sessions, thematic sessions and round tables are held, the purpose of which is to ensure the safety of the development of the Arctic region of the Russian Federation.

According to First Deputy Minister Alexander Chupriyan, there has never been such attention to the Arctic zone itself and to the northern sea route. EMERCOM of Russia has big plans and a serious attitude to work in the Arctic latitudes in a harsh climate.

“Within 2 days in the Arctic zone from Murmansk to Pevek, in 7 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, for the first time, large-scale scientific and technical exercises are being held, which are headed by the Russian Emergencies Ministry. 98 research tasks were set. Based on the results of the exercise, proposals for the protection of the Arctic zone will be prepared, ”said Alexander Chupriyan.

Thus, Norilsk hosted a round table “Prospects and innovations for monitoring and forecasting emergencies in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.”

The event took place in the museum and exhibition complex “Museum of Norilsk”.

It was noted that in the field of natural hazards and threats to the Arctic zone, along with extreme natural and climatic factors, one should especially highlight those that are caused by global climate changes.

The meeting discussed the existing ideas about the mutual influence of climate change and the level of the World Ocean, the role of wildfires in these processes. An assessment was also made of the current trends in the change in the average annual and average monthly levels of the Arctic seas of Russia, as well as the risks of emergencies in the waters of the Arctic seas and their coasts (for example, Siberia).

The features of the functioning of the system for monitoring and forecasting emergencies in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation were also considered. It was noted that the tasks of monitoring and forecasting emergencies in the Arctic are performed by more than 100 specialists in this field.

During the existence of the system for monitoring and forecasting emergencies, a well-functioning mechanism has been created that allows forecasting emergencies across the entire range of lead times. As part of the information exchange on forecasting natural and man-made emergencies, the EMERCOM of Russia has organized interaction with interested federal executive authorities, organizations and institutions.

Also in the museum and exhibition complex “Museum of Norilsk” a round table “Features of emergency response in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation” was held.

A huge range of tasks was identified that need to be solved to ensure security in the Arctic region. The attention of those present was drawn to the beginning of the construction of the world’s largest port “Sever Bay” on the Taimyr Peninsula. The port will serve oil production in Taimyr, and its operation will be supported by 12 supertankers. Also, 7 thousand km of the pipeline will be laid, 20 shift camps, port and airport infrastructure will be built.

About 400 thousand people will be involved in the implementation of these projects. This will require the development of completely new methods of rescue operations, completely new approaches, taking into account work at low temperatures, to ensure fire safety, rescue topics, and a risk management system.

The round table also discussed the specifics of search and rescue operations in the Arctic region, the introduction of innovative technologies in the conduct of emergency rescue and other urgent operations.

Of particular interest was the report on the deployment and operation of the airmobile hospital EMERCOM of Russia in the field. This topic, in view of the expected expansion of shift camps in the Arctic zone, remains extremely relevant. Doctors of the Russian Emergencies Ministry shared their experience gained last year during the deployment of the airmobile hospital of the State Central Airmobile Unit of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in the elimination of the outbreak of the new coronavirus infection COVID-19 in the Murmansk region. The problem areas and ways of their elimination were also indicated.

Scientists of the St. Petersburg State Fire Service University of the EMERCOM of Russia put forward a new method of containing and extinguishing fires in the Arctic modules, and representatives of the All-Russian Research Institute of Civil Defense and Emergencies justified the requirements for complexes of emergency rescue vehicles designed for operations in polar conditions.

The results of the round table will undoubtedly serve as the basis for the development of solutions and methods that contribute to ensuring the security of the Arctic region of the Russian Federation.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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